Morning Edition http://wrkf.org en Colleges Move To Ban Selfie Taking At Graduation Ceremonies http://wrkf.org/post/colleges-move-ban-selfie-taking-graduation-ceremonies The University of South Florida told students to think about "the dignity of the ceremony" before attempting a selfie with the university president as she hands them their diplomas. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 25656 at http://wrkf.org Amsterdam Mayor May Ban Pot In Red Light District, Court Says http://wrkf.org/post/amsterdam-mayor-may-ban-pot-red-light-district-court-says A court in the Netherlands has upheld the mayor's efforts to ban marijuana cafes in an area that permits prostitution. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 editor 25657 at http://wrkf.org With SuperShoes, Insoles Can Be Your Guide http://wrkf.org/post/last-word-business-86 SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes. Inside those insoles are "vibrotactile ticklers" linked to your mobile device. Enter a destination and the ticklers guide your way. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:22:00 +0000 editor 25654 at http://wrkf.org U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels http://wrkf.org/post/us-ramps-aid-syrian-rebels The U.S. is increasing both arms and training assistance to the Syrian rebels. Advocates of the program say they hope to change the situation on the ground, others doubt it will help much. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:00 +0000 editor 25651 at http://wrkf.org Obama: U.S. To Defend Japan In Territorial Disputes With China http://wrkf.org/post/obama-us-defend-japan-territorial-disputes-china President Obama is in Japan for the start of his four-nation Asia visit. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:00 +0000 editor 25652 at http://wrkf.org Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing http://wrkf.org/post/small-businesses-fight-big-box-stores-specializing As online and mega stores take up more of the retail landscape, small mom-and-pop shops are getting more specific. We examine one of the ways small stores are looking to survive and possibly thrive. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:04:00 +0000 editor 25653 at http://wrkf.org Florida School Offered Kids Caffeine On Test Day http://wrkf.org/post/florida-school-offered-kids-caffeine-test-day Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Some stores post a warning: Disobedient children will be given and a puppy and an espresso. Maybe that's not so bad. Kids at a Melbourne, Florida elementary school were given caffeine. Each kid was offered trail mix and Mountain Dew on the morning of standardized tests. A grandmother got the school to stop, but the principal says she read a study on keeping kids' energy levels stable. By the way, Creole Elementary is rated an A+ school. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:00 +0000 editor 25597 at http://wrkf.org Canadian Police Extricate Bear From Jar http://wrkf.org/post/canadian-police-extricate-bear-jar Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Winnie the Pooh is often found head-first in a jar of honey. For a bear in Canada, birdseed was too much to resist. Residents in Sudbury, Ontario spotted a bear stumbling down the street, unable to see where it was going, because a large jar of birdseed was stuck on its head. It even bumped into a police car. The cops, you will be happy to know, got experts there to sedate the bear and cut the jar off its head.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:05:00 +0000 editor 25598 at http://wrkf.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://wrkf.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 25591 at http://wrkf.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters http://wrkf.org/post/san-francisco-library-hires-social-worker-help-homeless-patrons Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Whether they like it or not, libraries in some cities serve as homeless shelters. People come off the streets to find quiet and warmth. If libraries want to do something about this, they have some choices: They can put homeless visitors back out on the street. San Francisco libraries want to get them back on their feet.<p>Scott Shafer reports from member station KQED.<p>SCOTT SHAFER, BYLINE: On a recent weekday morning, San Francisco library patron Jacqueline Diehl enters the city's main branch. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 editor 25592 at http://wrkf.org